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Business & Politics

Lumber production in North America up 6.7% in January-July

Lesprom Network
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Higher lumber consumption in the US has resulted in both increased domestic production and a rise in importation of lumber in 2013. Total production in North America was up almost 7% from January through July this year compared to 2012, and imports from Canada and overseas jumped 18% during the same period, as Wood Resource Quarterly said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. North American lumber production was up 6.7% during the first seven months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, with all regions on the continent showing higher production this year, according to the latest WWPA data.

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Forest industry optimistic for revival in 2014

Nanaimo Daily News
December 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After years of struggle, indications are pointing to a revival of the province’s forest industry in 2014. Last week, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced that the export of softwood lumber from the province has reached new records, thanks largely to increased sales to China and the rest of Asia to feed that region’s ongoing economic boom. Thomson said that by the end of October, the value of total softwood lumber exports to China reached $1.17 billion, exceeding the previous record set in 2011 when softwood lumber exports to the large Asian nation totalled $1.1 billion.

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Business picking up in 2013

Prince George Citizen
December 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… O’Brien was named by Wood Business Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 40 in the forest sector. Although mining and manpower generated plenty of headlines in 2013, forestry continued to undergo major changes. Canfor and West Fraser surprised no one within the industry when they announced in late October that they would each close a lesser mill and swap timber supply parcels in order to each keep a larger mill running in Quesnel and Houston.

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New contract for Aspen Planers and Tolko workers

Merritt Herald
December 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest workers at mills such as Aspen Planers and Tolko in Merritt will be getting a raise after six months without a new contract. An agreement has been reached on a new five year deal between the union United Steelworkers (USW) Wood Council and Interior Forest Labour Relations Association (IFLRA), who were bargaining for management of those mills. The retroactive agreement ranges from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018.

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Forest company takes issue with B.C. entry in Super Bowl commercial contest

Global BC News
December 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A commercial produced by two men from Maple Ridge is one of the finalists in a contest put on by Doritos. The winner airs during the next Super Bowl. But now one of Canada’s biggest forest companies, Canfor, has taken issue with the ad and the similarities between the Doritos one and an ad produced for them last year. In the ad produced for the Doritos contest, two men use the chips to catch a mermaid, which then ends up mounted on their wall. In the Canfor video, which was produced to recruit a younger demographic to the growing company, a man makes a wish when a ladybug lands on him and also ends up with a mermaid.

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Mills face logjam

Chronicle Herald
January 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WEYMOUTH — Sawmills in southwestern Nova Scotia are running out of logs and need truckloads of timber from the former Bowater timber lands. And the clock is ticking with winter snows followed by spring weight restrictions likely to close roads to heavy logging trucks. “We have to have sufficient inventory in the yards,” said Jamie Lewis, general manager and part owner of Lewis Mouldings and Wood Specialties Ltd. in Weymouth.

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MNR responds to logging concerns

Kenora Online
January 2, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources is responding to the concerns of Grassy Narrows First Nation members, when it comes to logging on traditional lands. Grassy Narrows expressed their concerns, after the MNR approved their ten year forest management plan, which included plans for logging in Grassy Narrow’s traditional territory. Jolanta Kowalski of the Ministry of Natural Resources says while there are plans for access, harvest, renewal and tending operations in the First Nation’s traditional land use area, they’re not looking at licensing and harvesting right away.

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Logging and mining at the top of Jackson County job growth

Ashland Daily Tidings
December 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The job sector with the greatest percentage gain over the last four years may surprise some people: mining and logging, growing 27.3 percent. “We’re still pulling trees from private lands, despite what has gone on in federal lands,” said Guy Tauer, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department. Logging provides raw materials for mills, here and in surrounding counties, and reforestation efforts contribute to job creation as well, he said. Tauer said 28 percent of local manufacturing involves wood products, producing a third of the job growth in sector.

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Pacific Lumber Creditor To Sell Town It Got in Bankruptcy Court

Woodworking Network
December 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SCOTIA, CA – A big asset of the former Pacific Lumber, reorganized in 2008, will finally be disposed of, as creditor Marathon Asset Management sells off the Scotia, CA. It received the entire lumber company town during bankruptcy proceedings. Scotia is one of America’s longest surviving “company towns,” a common practice in the 1800s as companies arranged to house and feed workers – especially in remote locations, as sawmills often were.

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Plum Creek logging 2,000 acres in Lolo Creek in wake of wildfire

The Missoulian
December 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LOLO – The locomotive rumble of flames has been replaced by the growl of chainsaws in the charred hillsides above Lolo Creek. Of the 10,800 acres that burned last August, about 7,000 belonged to Plum Creek Timber Co. None of that was slated for near-term harvest, but the Lolo Creek Complex of fires changed the schedule. “Our goal is to wrap up salvage operations by the first of June,” Plum Creek Northwest Regional Vice President Tom Ray said Friday.

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Can logging industry rebound in aftermath of beetle epidemic?

Vail Daily
December 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MONTROSE — The rolling farmland, adobe hills and arroyos of Colorado’s Uncompahgre Valley are largely devoid of trees, and might seem like an unusual site for a sawmill, especially one of the largest in a five-state area. Still, even after a tumultuous recent past, the Montrose-based sawmill manages to process trees at a greater rate that any other in the immediate area. It currently employs about 90 people, but on a Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., the facility was quiet. Its saws and planers sat idle and only a handful of upper management employees were on site.

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Ala. paper mill closure could impact north Miss.

Associated Press
December 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

TUPELO, Miss. — Memphis-based International Paper Co.’s plan to shut its Courtland, Ala., paper mill next year may impact landowners and businesses across Northeast Mississippi. Logging jobs may be lost or moved, and timber owners in some counties may find it difficult to market pulpwood at all. Plans for the closure were announced on Sept. 11, and the process was expected to be completed sometime in the first three months of 2014. Two of the mill’s four processors were shut down in November. “The business group is still determining a schedule for final shutdown,” said IP spokeswoman Laura Gibson.

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Pine log export facility planned

Associated Press
January 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ralph Stewart Logging LLC will open a pine log export facility on 12 acres at the old Louisiana Scrap Metal yard in West Baton Rouge Parish. The company paid $1.75 million for the property. Officials say the facility will stage and fumigate logs that will be shipped overseas. The wood has to be fumigated to make sure it’s not harboring any pests when it’s exported. The old scrap yard includes a warehouse with 25,000 square feet of space.

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Forestry product costs are increasing

The Alpena News
January 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ALPENA – If you’ve experienced sticker shock when buying toilet paper, you’re not alone. Although bargains can be found in Alpena, one discount store was selling12 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft for $17.15. A similar package in 2010 was priced at $6.99. One reason for the fluctuation is because toilet paper is a forestry product, and Northeastern Michigan is loaded with aspen and poplar trees that go into the product, experts said. “We’ve seen really dramatic increases in paper products two to three years ago – toilet paper, paper towels. There were huge increases them,” said Ray Werda, store director for Neiman’s Family Market.

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Boonville timber company using grant money to expand

UticaOD.com
December 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BOONVILLE — A long-time family timber business will be expanding its operation and hiring at least four new employees thanks to $250,000 in state grants. 3B Timber Co. received two Empire State Development grants from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council this month — $150,000 that will be used to expand its wood shaving operation, and $100,000 that will be distributed through Oneida County to hire new full-time workers.

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Wood products firms reinvest

VirginiaMN
January 1, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The wood products industry and logging in Northeastern Minnesota in 2013 had some positives, as one expert saw it, and was a mixed one, according to another. Scott Dane, executive director of the Associated Contract Loggers Association, noted a number of reinvestments during the year by regional wood products companies: • Sappi in Cloquet has invested $180 million in its plant to move away from paper and pulp, and more toward cellulose-based products for clothing.

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Mill emissions

Letter from CLIVE M. STOTT
The Examiner
December 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

I DISAGREE with editor Martin Gilmour’s push for a pulp mill (The Sunday Examiner, December 22). It is more vital that this mill never gets built now that the World Health Organisation has determined air pollution to be carcinogenic after investigating thousands of health studies. The WHO says that particle pollution also causes lung cancer and this is exactly what the mill will be churning out. Yes, he is right there will be jobs if this mill gets built, but Mr Gilmour conveniently leaves out that many will be in poor health after people are forced to breathe the emissions.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New rules for heat-treated wood packaging

Canadian Manufacturing
December 31, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario—The federal government is revamping the regulations pertaining to heat-treated wood packaging products.  Starting in January 2015, a new set of rules will be in place. Known as D-13-01, the Canadian Heat Treated Wood Products Certification Program will be the guideline for every business in the country. …Under the new rules, businesses already operating under one of the current programs will see the number of yearly inspections increase by 50 percent.

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Wood product said to be rotting in ‘green’-built homes

January 2, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

 Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in some of the homes’ outdoor steps and front porches. The wood has begun rotting, despite being guaranteed for 40 years, a Make It Right spokeswoman said. Construction crews used the wood product, called TimberSIL, to build decks and stairs for about 30 homes from 2008 to 2010, said Taylor Royle, the Make It Right spokeswoman.

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Wood Partners Moves Forward with Construction in Germantown, Md.

MHN Online
December 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Germantown, Md.—Wood Partners has announced that it is proceeding with construction on Alta Liberty Mill following ground breaking on the $60 million, 304-unit community in Germantown, Md. When completed, the mixed-use community will boast 11,900 square feet of commercial space and three, five-story LEED certified wood-frame buildings located across the street from the Germantown MARC commuter rail station.

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Forestry

B.C. government ordered to pay logging company $1.75M over aboriginal blockade

The Canadian Press
December 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government didn’t properly consult with a northern First Nation community about forestry activity and then failed to warn a logging contractor about an imminent blockade, according to a court judgement that orders the province pay the company $1.75 million. One lawyer involved in the case says the judgment, which follows several years of legal proceedings that included a trip to the Supreme Court of Canada, should serve as a yet another warning to the provincial government about the need to meaningfully consult with First Nations over resource development.

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Forestry fatalities on the rise, but still below death toll of 2005

Vancouver Sun
December 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another 11 loggers and truckers died in the B.C. forest sector this year, the fourth consecutive annual increase. It is well below the 43 forestry workers that died on the job in 2005 — a death toll so high it created a public outcry and resulted in safety changes — but the creeping increase in fatalities, from a low of just four deaths in 2009, has not gone unnoticed within industry. “The way the industry looks at it is we have kind of plateaued.

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Dr. Hamish Kimmins awarded Order of Canada

Chek News
December 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West
Hamish Kimmins receives Order of Canada

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James Peter Kimmins, C.M.
Denman Island, British Columbia

For his contributions as an ecologist promoting environmental sustainability in forest management.
The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

An ecologist and a saxophonist join Order of Canada from The Victoria Times Colonist

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2013 saw fewer forest fires

Herald News
December 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Natural Resources Department fire crews spent a lot less time in the woods in 2013 than the previous year. There were 171 fires in Nova Scotia’s woodlands this year, less than half the 352 in 2012. The 301 hectares burned is also down from 817 in 2012. In 2011, there were only 115 fires and 150 hectares lost. The nine-year average is 248 fires and 880 hectares, which includes massive blazes of 1,900 hectares in the Porters Lake-Lake Echo area in 2008 and 732 in the Spryfield area in 2009.

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Report puts $797M price tag on Rim fire’s damage to ecosystem

The Modesto Bee
December 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Until they burned, oaks and pines in the Rim fire area absorbed carbon dioxide and emitted oxygen, a useful service for the planet. The massive blaze reduced the value of this function by as much as $797 million, according to an initial estimate by economists who specialize in accounting for “ecosystem services,” or what nature provides to humans. Before the giant fire started Aug. 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest, the growing vegetation stored carbon that otherwise would rise into the atmosphere and contribute to a general warming of the climate, the experts said.

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Yosemite fire debate over harvesting burned trees

SFGate
December 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The enormous blackened region of wilderness devastated by the Rim Fire – an area roughly equivalent to a mile-wide patch of land stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles – is now the subject of a fiery debate over a proposal to salvage the burned timber. The massive fire left dead timber spread over 257,000 acres in the Sierra, including portions of Yosemite National Park. That’s about 1 billion board feet, the measurement for lumber. A board foot is the volume of a plank 1 foot long, 1 foot wide and 1 inch thick.

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Lewis and Clark County firefighters no longer obligated to save homes from wildfires

The Missoulian
December 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The location of homes in Lewis and Clark County will no longer dictate fire suppression tactics or the placement of fire lines, under a first-of-its-kind resolution signed by county commissioners. Put another way, county-level firefighters who conduct initial attack – many of them volunteers – will be reminded of this: They have no obligation to protect a home from a wildfire in the urban interface. “A lot of crews think they have to protect homes, and we’re trying to make it clear they’re just sticks and bricks,” said Sonny Stiger, who helped write the resolution.

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Beetle kill: Forests of the future present new fire hazard

Coloradoan.com
December 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the Roosevelt National Forest northwest of Fort Collins, subalpine fir trees and aspens have started to grow in the shadows of dead lodgepole pine trees. It is becoming a new forest, with new hazards. The mountain pine beetle epidemic that killed more than six million acres of lodgepole pine trees in Colorado is over, scientists say, and the ravaged forests have begun to rejuvenate. But the new, regrown forests will be different — aspen, spruce and subalpine fir trees will mature among acres of beetle-kill deadfall. From Roosevelt National Forest to Rocky Mountain National Park, the new forests will be more susceptible to wildfire, ecologists say.

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Senate should pass Tester’s forest jobs bill

Letter from Doris Fischer
Billings Gazette
December 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montanans understand the value of working together. You can’t live here and not rely on your neighbor, friends or family to get by. I’ve watched Sen. Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act for the past few years and see it as a great example of this Montana spirit: people working together to get things done. …FJRA will increase forest management and restoration. It will also protect important wildlife habitat and wilderness areas. No one gets everything they want, but everyone comes out ahead. That’s what working together is all about.

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Salvage logging in full swing in private forests

Associated Press
December 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GLENDALE, Ore. — Salvage logging on land burned by last summer’s Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing in privately owned forests, but not in federal ones. Roseburg Forest Products has cut 8 million board feet of timber from its lands outside Glendale and plans to cut 32 million board feet more, the News-Review reported (http://bit.ly/KfQ5mR ). One million board feet is roughly enough to build 50 homes. Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is still deep in the planning process and has no firm timber targets for the public land.

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Beetle aftermath: A new reality

Vail Daily
December 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…That new reality means realizing forests in the West are not static, but rather characterized by disturbance and change, from pest epidemics to wildfires to massive blow downs. These disturbances may happen infrequently on the scale of human lifetimes, but they’ve been a driving force in forest ecosystems long before Euro-American settlement. ..And if Coloradans wish to continue reaping the benefits of forests,
including recreation opportunities and a source of precious water in the
arid West, they must take an active role in responding to disturbances
and protecting the landscape.

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Fix wildfire funding

Wyden proposal would protect federal agencies
The Register Guard
December 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nearly every year the costs of fighting wildfires burn through the budgets of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management like a blaze sweeping through kindling-dry forest.  It doesn’t take many catastrophic fires before the agencies are forced to start siphoning money from other programs such as fire prevention, road maintenance, campground renovation, timber sales … the list goes on. …Enter U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who along with Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has introduced legislation that would treat wildfires like natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornados that aren’t paid for through federal agencies’ regular budgets.

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Foreign wasps may ease sting of ash borer threat

Asian stingless wasps eat the larvae of tree pests known as emerald ash borers
CBC News
December 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The state of Minnesota is trying to use a foreign species of wasp to delay the spread of the emerald ash borer — a pest that is also a potential threat to thousands of ash trees in Thunder Bay’s urban forest. An invasive species specialist with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture said the “stingless” wasp, brought in from Asia, eats the larvae of the emerald ash borer. But it may be less effective in areas where the weather is more severe.

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EU-wide system to unlock sustainable forestry resources

HD Fest Forest
December 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new project funded by the European Union (EU) is designing an information system spanning the region, with the intention of helping to unlock forestry resources in a sustainable manner. The Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood (SIMWOOD) group is developing the MOBILISER platform, which it is hoped will help with the sharing of integrated, transferable solutions and viable policies relating to the wood industry across the eurozone. With 117 million hectares of forest in Europe, the EU is wary of the fact that renewable utilisation of this potential – particularly in terms of privately-owned resources – is falling short of reasonable expectations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

International bioenergy conference set for 2014

HQ Prince George
December 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Preparations for the upcoming International Bioenergy Conference in Prince George are continuing. Chair of the International Bioenergy Conference Society Don Zurowski says the conference set for June 2014 is expected to draw around 400 delegates. “Its an international conference, it focuses on the introduction and the sharing of intelligence and market knowledge of the bio-energy industry,” says Zurowski, “predominately wood based bio-energy.”

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General

Wood product said to be rotting in ‘green’-built homes

January 2, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

 Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in some of the homes’ outdoor steps and front porches. The wood has begun rotting, despite being guaranteed for 40 years, a Make It Right spokeswoman said. Construction crews used the wood product, called TimberSIL, to build decks and stairs for about 30 homes from 2008 to 2010, said Taylor Royle, the Make It Right spokeswoman.

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